Santoshpur, Kolkata

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Santoshpur
Neighbourhood in Kolkata (Calcutta)
Santoshpur
Country  India
State West Bengal
City Kolkata
KMC Ward 103
Railway station Jadavpur
Parliamentary constituency Jadavpur
Assembly constituency Jadavpur
Elevation 36 ft (11 m)
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 700075
Area code(s) +91 33 2416

Santoshpur (Bengali: সন্তোষপুর) is a neighbourhood in the southern part of Kolkata, India. It is loosely bounded by Garfa to the north, the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass to the east, Jadavpur to the west and Bagha Jatin to the south.[1]

Rise of Santoshpur[edit]

From the fifties[edit]

This area was initially part of Jadavpur. The area was mainly shallow marshy lands and agricultural fields even as late as the seventies. Some houses were built in the fifties and sixties mostly on the eastern side of the Jadavpur Rail Station. Residents mostly East Bengali migrants[2] walked to the station or to the Jadavpur Bus Stand to board Bus Routes 8B or 9. The seventies saw an uptick in the number of houses constructed and spread more to the east. It was common sight at this time to see agricultural fields, small dairy operations and residential houses coexist on the same street. The new residents would pitch in their money and arrange for truckloads of dirt to be dumped on the road to make them passable during the monsoon season.[3]

Rapid development[edit]

Santoshpur started to grow faster and faster. Vacant plots were filling up fast. Agricultural lands were becoming scarce and could be found only on the other side of the Panchannagram canal (popularly called "khaal"). The cheaper land costs and proximity to the city proved to be an irresistible attraction for middle-class Bengalis. Government employees, bank employees, school teachers, college professors, and small businessmen started flocking to this new area. In the meantime, the area which were under Panchayats and saw little organized development morphed into the Jadavpur Municipality. The headquarters were established in the "Battala Bazaar" area – which became the heart of the new area. A new permanent market was planned a few hundred meters east of the street-side market. With the incorporation of the municipality in Kolkata Municipal Corporation as part of Borough 11 & 12, Santoshpur was poised for a quantum leap.

The opening of the southern stretches of the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass provided the residents with the option to commute via either Jadavpur or the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass. With the advent of rapid urbanization, in terms of large-scale real estate constructions, Santoshpur has seen a quantum leap in its quality of life from the late 90s; now, shopping malls and latest food chains not only make life trendy and smart, but also the complement the towering apartments in the vicinity. With the explosive population growth, traffic snarls became very common in and around Santoshpur; from the crossing at Ajoynagar to the Jadavpur railway crossing, thousands of people throng these roads, which, few years back, wore a rather deserted look. A railway overbridge, named "Sukanta Setu" over Jadavpur Railway Station connects Santoshpur Avenue with Raja Subodh Mullick Road, about half a kilometer to the south of the Jadavpur Bus Stand; construction of which was completed in record time. With travel time falling dramatically and new bus routes being introduced, Santoshpur became a sought after place to live for the Bengali middle-class.

Apartments and high rises[edit]

To accommodate this heavy demand, mid-rise apartment buildings started being built by real estate developers. Apartment complexes were also built in the erstwhile once-upon-a-time marshy lands by the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass. With uber-cool high rise communities namely, 'Udayan', 'Hiland Park, 'Calcutta Greens' , Santoshpur has been becoming more cosmopolitan. Its well known for its proximity to Metropolis mall, Jadavpur University,Jadavpur Railway station, E.M. Bypass. Kabi Subhash metro station is only 5 mins auto ride from Santoshpur and through the main road you can get state bus, mini bus, Volvo, auto and all forms of public transport available in Kolkata.

Culture[edit]

Cuisine[edit]

With a diverse demographic, a number of eateries have opened up at every corner in Santoshpur, from franchises like Café Coffee Day[4] to locally-owned and run restaurants. Some of the noteworthy ones are strategically placed, accessible to both the locals and others, such as tourists. Some restaurants offer cuisine from other countries, such as Puran Dhaka, a restaurant in Santoshpur that specializes in Bangladeshi cuisine.[5]

Bus lines[edit]

Santoshpur is connected well with other parts of the cities Via Jadavpur 8B, E.M Bypass, With Large no of govt, pvt bus and auto services. Recently Some new AC bus routes have also been introduced. The nearest railway Station is New Garia* & Baghajatin*(*santoshpur jora bridge/survey park/ santoshpur lake) & Jadavpur#(#santoshpur battala area) and Metro Station is Kavi Subhash (New Garia).Also there have been the direct bus services from New Garia/Garia Station to Digha-Mandarmoni via Santoshpur.

CSTC[edit]

Calcutta State Transport Corporation bus lines

Non AC Bus
AC Bus

CTC[edit]

Calcutta Tramways Company lines

WBSTC AC Marcopolo[edit]

Private Buses[edit]

SD Series[edit]

Mini Bus[edit]

Ma Annapurna Pariseba[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Santoshpur maps
  2. ^ Scribd article (subscription required)
  3. ^ "Kolkata Discount Coupons, Kolkata Deep Discounts, Kolkata Daily Deals, Kolkata Sales & Offers, Kolkata Cashbacks". Khojguru. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Store locator". Café Coffee Day. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "Theme restaurants, the new buzzword in Kolkata". The Economic Times. May 26, 2015. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 

Coordinates: 22°29′38″N 88°23′28″E / 22.494°N 88.391°E / 22.494; 88.391